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School Plan for Continuous Growth


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Plan for 

Continuous Growth 

2020-2023


Edmonton Catholic Schools Division Goal: Live and enhance the distinctiveness of Catholic education 


ECSD Strategy: C.1 Ensure that every member of the community has a way to express and share their gifts from God and explore how a school’s charism is permeated throughout school culture and why it is important.

School’s intended outcome from working in this area:

  • Students will be able to name and articulate how our charism impacts culture at STM as indicated through in class discussion.

  • Staff will use the school charism to help focus discussions on how we interact with our faith and with each other.


Actions we will take:

  • Staff will develop strategies on using our charism as a focal point throughout the school year to examine/reflect/develop connections between their own understandings of the charism’s meaning and that of the curriculum.

  • Homerooms will create a visual representation that symbolizes the school Charism and be able to articulate its meaning.

  • Sharing “What STM means to me…” by creating a school wide video to help foster community understanding of why we do what we do.

  • Classrooms will explore the grater societal context and their role to play through the lens of our school Charism.

Measures/Evidence we will use to check our progress and confirm our growth:

At the January midpoint review:

  • Students will be able to identify that the school has a Charism and that it is being used to guide classes.

  • Staff will have completed a project and understand that our Charism is a guiding factor in school operations.

  • Our parent community will identify that the school Charism and Catholic identity of the school are important aspects of the school day.

    At the May review:


  • Will be discussed and established based on January midpoint review results.

January 29th,2021:



ECSD Goal One: ECSD students are successful 


ECSD Strategy: 1.2 Implement pedagogical and assessment practices focused on improving students’ conceptual and procedural knowledge of subject-area disciplines and cross-curricular connections to deepen understanding and provide a greater ability to target teaching and

School’s intended outcome from working in this area:

  • We will aim to provide consistency with expectations at all levels and to have students feel more confident with overall literacy, creating a “literacy culture” beginning in Grade 7 and moving to Grade 9.

  • We will further define the STM vision for our EAP programing to ensure that we provide an engaging and challenging learning environment that utilizes inquiry-based and problem-solving learning strategies.

Actions we will take

  • Breakdown reading comprehension skills and analysis to focus our review strategies to support all subject areas by increasing understanding of content.

  • Summary writing pieces for formative assessment across all subject areas.

  • Goal of one novel per month for student independent/interest reading.

  • Word walls will be created and used in each classroom. Word walls will help provide a visual tool for students to access new key vocabulary. It will help to bridge the gap between individual learning experiences. Word walls will be altered as the year progresses and new topics are learned.

  • Meet as an EAP cohort throughout the year to review development of our EAP programs and refine our approach to meet the needs of our students.

  • All EAP classes will work under a unifying topic/theme for the school year (ie: politics, elections, feminism, racism, comparison of parallel systems).

Measures/Evidence we will use to check our progress and confirm our growth:

At the January midpoint review:

  • Students will have access to choose a novel of high interest to them through home/classroom library/Public Library/ Success Centre.


  • Staff will establish word walls in their classrooms.

  • Students will be able to articulate the difference in our EAP approach to learning by participating in and describing hands on learning activities and project-based learning experiences.

    At the May review:

  • EAP classes will have a “Gallery Walk” to demonstrate their understanding of this year’s focus/theme.

  • Will be discussed and established based on January midpoint review results.

January 29th,2021:




ECSD Goal Two: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in ECSD are successful 


ECSD Strategy: 2.5 Continue to walk together recognizing the calls to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

School’s intended outcome from working in this area:

  • Utilize cultural connections to ensure that the diverse learning needs of our students are being met.

Actions we will take:

  • The whole school will be smudged multiple times throughout the year by going into each class. Every student will be able to participate in the ceremony.

  • Indigenous celebration and teaching will be present in all classes.

  • Students will develop reading comprehension using culturally targeted resources (ie. Novel Studies that are consistent with an FNMI perspective).

  • Braided Journeys will focus on two different aspects of the school community – transition programs and cultural/ academic support.


  • Continue to build a community partnership with Enoch Students Services to have support workers come into the school.

Measures/Evidence we will use to check our progress and confirm our growth:

At the January midpoint review:

  • St. Thomas More will establish a partnership with Enbridge to utilize their Engineers for tutoring sessions in the subjects of math and science with our students.

  • Students in the Community Service-Learning department at the U of A will place students at STM for additional tutoring and academic support in English and Social Studies.

  • Staff will articulate knowledge of school and community resources aimed toward supporting Indigenous youth.

  • Time is given to our Cree Language Instructor to build relationships and open communication with our Indigenous students through designated support blocks.

    At the May review:

  • Will be discussed and established based on January midpoint review results.

January 29th,2021:



ECSD Goal Three: ECSD has excellent teachers, staff, and school and school authority leaders 


ECSD Strategy: 3.2 Provide and engage in professional learning to enhance the level of subject matter, conceptual, and procedural knowledge expertise and competency.


School’s intended outcome from working in this area:

  • Teachers and staff have supportive classroom environments that are created through culturally responsive, inclusive, and relationship centered practices. Develop a community of learners that honors and supports all students, with shared agreements made and modeled by adults.

Actions we will take

  • We will engage as a staff in Social Emotional Learning professional development as well as team teaching sessions. Staff will also dedicate Community of Practice discussion time to the effective implementation of the learned strategies.

  • Social Emotional Learning will be a focus for all our classes throughout the day.

  • As a school community, we will be emphasizing and utilizing Physical Literacy strategies such as the Fair and Square Resource to increase the importance of movement and mental health in every classroom (incorporating brain and body break).

  • Staff and students will engage in school activity days to celebrate the fact that we are all St. Thomas More Knights.

Measures/Evidence we will use to check our progress and confirm our growth:

At the January midpoint review:

  • Teachers have a supportive online environment, created through culturally responsive, inclusive, and relationship centered practices.

  • Staff and SEL Teacher Coach are all fully aware of the SEL goals and are highly engaged in strategies to achieve the SEL goals in the school’s growth plan.

  • A continuum of student voice is offered by the school to meet the social, emotional, and academic needs of all students. At the May review:

  • Will be discussed and established based on January midpoint review results.

January 29th,2021:



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